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=== Colony Records  ===
 
=== Colony Records  ===
  
The earliest land grants were made by the colony. The records of these grants are known as "land evidences." The original documents are at the Rhode Island State Archives. Land evidences for 1648 to 1696 have also been published in Dorothy Worthington, ''Rhode Island Land Evidences'', 1921, Reprint (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1970; Family History Library 1921 ed. on {{FHL|106372|item}} film 564389; index on {{FHL|343743|item}} film 022254). Volume 1, 1648-1696 is also on [http://books.google.com/books?id=gAoQAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=inauthor:Worthington+inauthor:Dorothy&hl=en&ei=FMvaTI6BCIeqsAP2utnRBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books].  
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The earliest land grants were made by the colony. The records of these grants are known as "land evidences." The original documents are at the Rhode Island State Archives.  
  
Some land transfers and grants are recorded in the proceedings of the general assembly, 1646 to 1851. These are at the Rhode Island State Archives and at the Family History Library on 18 microfilms.
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Land evidences&nbsp;can also be found&nbsp;in:<br>
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*''Records of Rhode Island, 1638-1644'', (Microfilm of manuscripts in the Rhode Island State Archives in Providence, Rhode Island. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974.) {{FHL|838527|item|disp=FHL film 954960 Item 3}}
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*Dorothy Worthington, ''Rhode Island Land Evidences'', 1921, Reprint (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1970; {{WorldCat|70071|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; Family History Library 1921 ed. on {{FHL|106372|item}} FHL film 564389; index on {{FHL|343743|item}} film 022254). Volume 1, 1648-1696 is also on [http://books.google.com/books?id=gAoQAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=inauthor:Worthington+inauthor:Dorothy&hl=en&ei=FMvaTI6BCIeqsAP2utnRBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books]&nbsp;and {{FHL|106372|item|disp=FHL film 564389}}
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*Louise Prosser Bates, ''Peirce Manuscripts of Rhode Island Land Evidences 1686-1826'', (Microfilm of manuscripts in the Rhode Island Historical Society.&nbsp;Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950.) {{FHL|105034|item|disp=FHL films 22291 and 22292}} <br>
  
 
=== Proprietors' Records  ===
 
=== Proprietors' Records  ===
  
In the colonial period, the general assembly granted land to groups of colonists who became the proprietors of the town. These proprietors divided the land into portions owned by individuals and portions owned in common. The proprietors, in turn, sold land to other individuals. The proprietors' records begin as early as 1659 for the Narragansett area (southern Rhode Island). Transcripts of some of the records, 1659 to 1686, are in James N. Arnold, ''The Records of the Proprietors of the Narragansett (Providence, Rhode Island):'' Narragansett Historical Publishing, 1894 ({{FHL|14035|item}} film 1033805 item 2).  
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In the colonial period, the general assembly granted land to groups of colonists who became the proprietors of towns. These proprietors divided the land into portions owned by individuals and portions owned in common. The proprietors, in turn, sold land to other individuals. The proprietors' records begin as early as 1659 for the Narragansett area (southern Rhode Island). Transcripts of some of the records, 1659 to 1686, are in James N. Arnold, ''The Records of the Proprietors of the Narragansett (Providence, Rhode Island):'' Narragansett Historical Publishing, 1894. {{WorldCat|22123555|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; ({{FHL|14035|item}} film 1033805 item 2).  
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=== Colony and State Records  ===
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Some land transfers and grants are recorded in the ''Proceedings of the General Assembly, 1646 to 1851''. These are at the Rhode Island State Archives and at the Family History Library on 18 microfilms {{FHL|365961|item|disp=FHL films starting with film 954959}}
  
 
=== Town Records  ===
 
=== Town Records  ===
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After proprietors sold their land or a town was incorporated, the town recorded deeds and mortgages. The Family History Library has copies of the [[Rhode Island Town Records|town records]] to about 1880. From the Providence Recorder of Deeds, for example, the library has 218 microfilms of deeds and mortgages for the years 1677 to 1901. Documents from the town of Providence and other early settlements have been published in many volumes.  
 
After proprietors sold their land or a town was incorporated, the town recorded deeds and mortgages. The Family History Library has copies of the [[Rhode Island Town Records|town records]] to about 1880. From the Providence Recorder of Deeds, for example, the library has 218 microfilms of deeds and mortgages for the years 1677 to 1901. Documents from the town of Providence and other early settlements have been published in many volumes.  
  
The [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] has 258 matching titles for a keyword search of "Rhode Island land records".  
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The [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] has more than 250 matching titles for a keyword search of "Rhode Island land records".'''[https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Go to the Family History Library Catalog Online]'''
  
'''[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=keywordsearch&columns=*,0,0 Go to the Family History Library Catalog Online]'''
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Deeds and other land records for most&nbsp;Rhode Island&nbsp;towns are on film and&nbsp;can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by doing a [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Place Search] under:
  
== References  ==
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Rhode Island - LAND AND PROPERTY
  
''[[Rhode Island]] Research Outline.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.
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Rhode Island, [COUNTY]- LAND AND PROPERTY
  
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Rhode Island, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- LAND AND PROPERTY <br>
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== References  ==
  
{{Place|Rhode Island}}  
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{{Rhode Island|Rhode Island}} {{U.S. Land and Property}}  
  
 
[[Category:Rhode_Island|Land]]
 
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Contents

Colony Records

The earliest land grants were made by the colony. The records of these grants are known as "land evidences." The original documents are at the Rhode Island State Archives.


Land evidences can also be found in:

  • Records of Rhode Island, 1638-1644, (Microfilm of manuscripts in the Rhode Island State Archives in Providence, Rhode Island. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974.) FHL film 954960 Item 3
  • Louise Prosser Bates, Peirce Manuscripts of Rhode Island Land Evidences 1686-1826, (Microfilm of manuscripts in the Rhode Island Historical Society. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950.) FHL films 22291 and 22292

Proprietors' Records

In the colonial period, the general assembly granted land to groups of colonists who became the proprietors of towns. These proprietors divided the land into portions owned by individuals and portions owned in common. The proprietors, in turn, sold land to other individuals. The proprietors' records begin as early as 1659 for the Narragansett area (southern Rhode Island). Transcripts of some of the records, 1659 to 1686, are in James N. Arnold, The Records of the Proprietors of the Narragansett (Providence, Rhode Island): Narragansett Historical Publishing, 1894. At various libraries (WorldCat); (FHL Collection film 1033805 item 2).

Colony and State Records

Some land transfers and grants are recorded in the Proceedings of the General Assembly, 1646 to 1851. These are at the Rhode Island State Archives and at the Family History Library on 18 microfilms FHL films starting with film 954959

Town Records

After proprietors sold their land or a town was incorporated, the town recorded deeds and mortgages. The Family History Library has copies of the town records to about 1880. From the Providence Recorder of Deeds, for example, the library has 218 microfilms of deeds and mortgages for the years 1677 to 1901. Documents from the town of Providence and other early settlements have been published in many volumes.

The Family History Library Catalog has more than 250 matching titles for a keyword search of "Rhode Island land records".Go to the Family History Library Catalog Online

Deeds and other land records for most Rhode Island towns are on film and can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by doing a Place Search under:

Rhode Island - LAND AND PROPERTY

Rhode Island, [COUNTY]- LAND AND PROPERTY

Rhode Island, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- LAND AND PROPERTY

References


 

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